The Gap: Developing Taste into Skill

Ira Glass’ advice on creative work has been gaining momentum for months, but even if you’ve read or heard the advice before, these two gorgeous typographical videos are worth a look.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

One of the most resonant things that Glass addresses is “The Gap”. Creators usually get into their craft with a sense of taste, and a desire to be great. But beginners often forget that taste does not translate to skill right off the bat. There’s going to be a period of time, quite possibly a very long period of time, where the work does not live up to the level that your taste would dictate. It’s going to fall short.

Luckily, there’s a solution.

Unluckily, it’s a solution we’ve all heard before. It’s a solution that we avoid, because it sounds like too much work.

The solution, of course, IS work. Work hard, work often, and work until the gap looks a little less intimidating. And in the meantime, remember the gap, and don’t let it scare you into giving up.

Accepted an Internship: Here are the Do’s & Don’ts

You open your email and the first thing you see is, “congrats on landing the internship.” You jump for joy and began to prepare for an amazing summer with your dream company.

Many questions and awkward moments will come up, how you find answers and deal with these moments are critical. Hercampus.com suggests “8 things to do after accepting an Internship.” Start of by reaching out to the company online networks, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn if you haven’t done so. Also, reach out to current or former interns; they will be able to answer any questions about the position. Most importantly don’t procrastinate about making plans or responding.

Follow these tips and you’ll start your new internship with confidence!

Didn’t Get The Internship: Here Are More Options

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The hassles of applying for summer internships are finally over, but the anticipation is still there. As the semester rolls to an end you still haven’t heard from any of the internships you applied to, and you begin to worry. Then you ask yourself, if I don’t get this internship, what can I do over the summer? Hercampus.com offers a multiple of plan B’s just in case none of your internships get back to you.

One thing you can do is stick around and make more connections. Your professors are still around and the school is still open, so why not offer to assist one of your professors for the summer. This will help you build a relationship and teach you more about their area of interest/study.

Working on campus is another great option. Taking summer classes isn’t a bad idea either; it can help you get a few credits ahead. And if you’re tired of being on campus, get away. There are plenty of study abroad programs that offer funding.

Also remember, it is your summer vacation. It’s okay to relax. Hang out and travel with your friends, and pick up new hobbies along the way that will later develop into skills. Choose your activities wisely and don’t waste the opportunity of time before you just because you didn’t land an internship. Get out and enjoy the weather!